Tuesday, 30th November 2010
DocuTicker editors contribute brief articles
to FUMSI on conducting research with grey literature - reports from government
agencies, think tanks, research institutes and public interest organisations.
In my work as a contributing editor for DocuTicker,
I research publicly available reports on a number of global topics.
Here are some of my favourite resources for Higher Education:
are other important sites and methods for sharing academic-standard
content besides those noted in Part
1 of this article. Much in the way of
academic insight is first made available in journal form. While many
continue to be high-priced (whether as hard copy or online
subscription), it is also the academic community that has been in the
forefront of the movement to make content open, i.e. free. JURN
is a specialised search engine, which at present claims to be
indexing over 3,000 ejournals in the arts and humanities. Using such
a search engine immediately lessens the chances of having to sort
through items which are irrelevant and of poor quality. Its excellent
directory allows smooth
access to the individual titles.
good directory is the Directory
of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). At the
time of writing (November 2010) DOAJ claims to offer over 5,700
journals, although less than half are indexed and therefore
searchable at the article level. It can be browsed alphabetically, or
through broad subject headings. A useful feature is the Expand
Subject Tree tab; clicking on this instantly
opens out the whole directory so that the sub-categories of each
subject are apparent as well as the number of journals it contains.
number of other significant sites provide access to articles and also
seek to include suitable material with other origins. Another
important common characteristic is that they are well-catalogued,
especially with regards to descriptive notes. This also means that
due regard has been given to their actual quality before
inclusion.Some examples are :
sites like BUBL lead from the general to the particular, others have
a special focus. The REALIA
Project is an international collection of
single photographs and galleries, for the purpose of enhancing
teaching (in an English-speaking context) about foreign languages and
daily life. The top subject tags currently include Commerce, People,
and Signs and Symbols. A search will bring up captioned thumbshots;
clicking on either the picture or the caption will bring up the
picture full-size. The exhaustive hyperlinked cataloguing which
accompanies each picture makes it easy to move to other pictures,
related either by subject or cultural /linguistic background, as
shown by this example of a Mexican
a wider view of both visual and aural materials, JISC
Digital Media is excellent. Not only does
it supply plentiful technical guidance on using such materials, (e.g.
on still images), it is valuable for finding specialised search
engines or sites. The comprehensive 2010 article ‘Finding Video,
Audio and Images Online'
exemplifies these qualities. It is complemented by reviews of search
engines for images, moving images and audio.
These date from 2008, but remain generally sound.
education libraries and faculty are continually adapting their
traditional roles to the world of the Internet. This is demonstrated
by the subject listings from the UK's University
of East London (UEL). Each listing is
prepared by a subject librarian, and while the librarians' main
concern is to serve UEL's students and staff (thus some sites are
only accessible to them), many examples from what they have selected
are open to all. Most if not all university library websites can be
similarly fruitful to the researcher.
way in which they utilise the web is through the use of social
bookmarking. Examples on Delicious
include the libraries of the London
School of Economics and the University
of Malaya . Unfortunately it isn't
possible to search Delicious for a named institution's bookmarks,
but once one is located it can also lead to other academic-standard
sources amongst its Network or Fans.
U is Apple's own imaginative entry
into the academic arena. While Itunes is built into their computers,
it is also possible to download a version for the PC, and hence to
benefit from the lectures and texts which, coming from many esteemed
sources, are located there.
and the twenty-first century are brought together in the form of
ebooks. The University
of California Press offers a collection
which mixes restricted and public access titles. Simply click on
Browse Public Titles to find the latter, listed alphabetically. This
example can be complemented by a great collection of ebook sites put
together by the University
of Leicester Library (UK);
most are general, with a few subject-specific ones at the bottom of
the page. The majority listed are open access.
specialist portals, search engines and library websites, higher
learning is thus potentially made more available in the virtual
world, even as cutbacks and other financial constraints make it
harder to attain in the real one.
Posts from Resource Shelf
2010 Top Ten Trends in Academic Libraries: A Review of the Current
Libraries: University of Denver: "Turning Page to Digital Age"http://web.resourceshelf.com/go/resourceblog/61628
Use Social Media to Connect, ArXiv.org Used as An Early Examplehttp://web.resourceshelf.com/go/resourceblog/58248
Endemic in Poland's Universitieshttp://web.resourceshelf.com/go/resourceblog/58118
Web Sites from Academic Libraries and Universities: A New
ResourceShelf Collection #1http://web.resourceshelf.com/go/resourceblog/48777
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